colinneagle writes "Mimecast CEO Peter Bauer recently found himself at the intersection of consumerization and IT management, falling victim to personal data loss as the result of the internal management policy he himself helped establish.
While on a family vacation in South Africa, Bauer's 5-year-old daughter tried to use his smartphone. After she entered the incorrect PIN code five times, the corporate-installed remote wipe capability kicked in and Bauer lost all of the photos he had taken through the first half of the trip.
The frustration among end users whose personal information can be lost at the hands of their employers' policy is one of the main challenges Bauer says Mimecast has seen as it continues to move forward with its young bring-your-own-device (BYOD) management policy. However, that frustration is both natural and necessary if IT is going to strike a compromise with employees, Bauer says.
"Some pretty key corporate information moves from the secure inner sanctum of your building onto a BYOD device, and if you don't have a way of protecting that stuff, then you're kidding yourself about having information security in place," Bauer says."